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Minerva woman's threats, Facebook rants lead to arrest

By LORI MONSEWICZ GateHouse Ohio Media Published: May 11, 2017 12:00 AM
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CANTON -- A Minerva woman sparked more than 100 phone calls and nearly three dozen complaints to police in less than 30 hours after multiple Facebook rants threatening to kill people, according to police.

She later was arrested after spitting on a Canton police officer on May 3, according to Stark County Jail records.

Minerva Police Chief Chris Miller said worried parents pulled their children out of elementary school after Holly B. Orwig, 23, of Market Street in Minerva, threatened to kill the youngsters.

Miller said officers began receiving calls at 10:19 a.m. May 2, reporting that death threats had been made. The woman's estranged family called, asking that police check on her.

Then dozens of phone calls and complaints began pouring in from residents in Carroll, Tuscarawas and Stark counties from people voicing concerns about direct threats Orwig reportedly was making on Facebook and Facebook Live.

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"She created a little havoc for everybody," Miller said.

She already was labeled "endangered and missing" by the time Minerva police, and then Canton police found her at 2:42 p.m. May 3 at Third Street NW and Montrose Avenue in Canton.

Stark County Jail records said she became angry at a Canton police officer who tried to arrest her on Minerva warrants charging her with misdemeanor inducing panic and aggravated menacing, and that she spit on the officer.

She was jailed on felony charges of assault and harassment by inmate from that incident, and on the Minerva warrants.

Miller said more charges of misdemeanor inducing panic and aggravated menacing were being lodged against her May 4 in Alliance.

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